Originally Posted by dizzymonochrome
I just meant, what if even with binding and such you couldn't pull off that kind of figure? I've never crossplayed before, so maybe I'm just inexperienced at how far it can go and how well you could fool people.
But what if said character was a "fit male" figure, like the kind of guy who works out a lot, has the upsidedown triangle torso shape, etc? And someone thought they couldn't pull it off successfully? I'm fishing for opinions because as you can see I'm genderbending a comic book character. If I had tried for the crossplay route, I felt that it wouldn't look right or wouldn't even fit right. I haven't seen any females wear what's supposed to be a form-fitting suit of armor meant for a male. So, what if someone were genderbending an American comic book character or game character of any kind instead of crossplaying?
I don't mean to offend, so I really hope no one is. I'm just asking a lot of questions. I'm inquisitive.
Hello there! I'm a crossplayer, and I try very hard, but even so... this is my case. I simply do not have the body and face structure to convincingly portray the men I try and play.
If you want to crossplay but aren't good at it, keep trying. That's what I have to say.
Here's an interesting fact for you: Most people can't pull it off successfully
, at all
, so try as hard as you can and you'll probably end up better than them based on that alone. Are you letting it stop or worry you because you're scared of your breasts? Because I know I've done that. I still do.
My biggest crossplay problem is someone with the classical upside-down triangle US comic physique that you describe, as a matter of fact- and I'm a short girl with tiny shoulders and waist. Unless I feel like padding out my costume (and I haven't thus far), I just look... off.
But, since you're doing a suit of armour, you can probably pad it out! Use foam or fabric to stuff your outfit where your figure shows, like evening out your waist and butt with the rest of your torso, and making your shoulders bigger. If you use a material like cardboard, cut it in a boxy shape.
Bing, bang, boom- more convincingly male cosplay.
That said, I also cosplay genderbent versions of several characters. And it's not because I'm too lazy to bind, and certainly not because I want to make them sexy. I cosplay a lot from Hetalia, which does have canon genderbend character designs in the Nyotalia continuity produced by the mangaka. I'm just cosplaying more characters from a series I love. I'm sure that Adventure Time cosplayers think the same thing, as their fandom also has canon unique genderbend designs courtesy of Natasha.
And I'm planning genderbend cosplays of several manly, barechested dudes (KAMINA! also Valgaav from Slayers), because I can't
cosplay them right otherwise. I will not actually go barechested for any of them, and don't have the kind of figure that can be concealed with a muscle shirt. I'll probably use bandage-tops with a bare stomach and be perfectly accurate for the rest- perhaps an altered makeup design and different poses, but that's it.
I want to explore these characters as women, and I think that belief is a huge part of crossplayer designs sometimes- viceversa as necessary. I know people who genderbend Ponies because a) they're asshats who miss the whole point, and b) they want to explore a traditionally female cast in a way that's comfortable or innovative for them.
I've seen some really creative gendderbends, so I can't abide people speaking badly of them. And even so, there are some obnoxious cosplayers who do something that across the board I can't stand regardless of body coverage: they compromise their character. They think less of the character and more of themselves. They're sometimes known as attention whores, because they don't give a rat's shit about accuracy as long as they get pictures taken. These are the people who should just stop pretending they care about characters and cosplay OCs and fashion so the rest of us can get back to our hobby.
....And somehow you guys posting on page one are going to let these assholes be your basis for judging a whole group of cosplayers, some of whom are incredibly creative and articulate? Not okay. Downright rude, as a matter of fact.
Bottom line is, like any aspect of fandom, there are gonna be some losers. But they don't define it.
/That's my two cents.